Just Don’t Book It – Travel Companies Refuse to Promote Bullfighting

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Progress! Thomas Cook and Brittany Ferries have agreed to implement a formal policy against promoting bullfighting and the Running of the Bulls after receiving letters from PETA.

As we pointed out to the companies, following the bull run – during which many bulls and spectators have been injured – the animals are tormented and killed in cruel and archaic bullfights. This year, several people were seriously hurt in Pamplona and a 16-year-old boy was gored to death during a bull run in northern Spain.

WeAnimals Bullring Despite the blood and barbarism during the festival of San Fermín, some travel companies promote a visit to Pamplona as if it were just another holiday choice – failing to warn customers that they’ll be participating in a potentially life-threatening event and supporting one of the cruellest pastimes in the world. Many of the British tourists who go to Pamplona each year don’t know that every animal who tears through the streets in terror during the run will have his life ended in agony, stabbed with spears, spikes and daggers in front of a screaming crowd in the bullring, just hours later, as part of the same “festival”. But these tourists are still paying to prop up this sadistic industry.

Thomas Cook and Brittany Ferries are setting a great example by refusing to support cruel bullfighting in their brochures and advertising. After all, bullfighting is completely out of tune with the values of modern Spain. Seventy-six per cent of Spanish people want nothing to do with this barbaric inheritance.

If you spot any travel companies promoting bullfighting or Pamplona as a holiday destination, please send us an e-mail and let us know so that we can write to the company asking that it do the right thing, too.

We’re also campaigning to ask the Spanish government to oppose a measure that would protect bullfighting as a cultural pastime. There’s still time to add your name to the movement. Take action here: http://petauk.org/lovespainhatebullfights

Image: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals


  • ced laposta commented on September 17, 2013 at 3:45 pm


  • Christel Aminoff commented on September 17, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    It´s the shame of Spain!! But not only that; it´s the shame of the European Union who allows this to go on!! AND it´s a shame for the humankind!!

    • Urdanibia commented on October 24, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      I don’t agree with you. It is a national festival for Spain. So every nation have their own festival.

  • Perla commented on September 17, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Es inhumana la manera en la tratan a esos animales. En estos tiempos ustedes siguen usando practicas medievales llamando a esto “Cultura”.
    Como adultos tenemos la capacidad de rechazar lo violento, cruel y brutal asi sea llamado “Cultura”.
    Paren esta matanza indiscriminada y si quieren divertirse de esa
    Forma tan violenta entonces haganlo con ustedes mismos y ustedes mismos matenze. Le harian un favor a la humanidad.

  • marleen bakker commented on September 17, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    please stop this torture

  • maría núñez commented on September 17, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    stop toros cruel, basta!!!

  • patricia muñoz rodriguez commented on September 17, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Entre todos podemos salvar a estos pobres animales…vamoooos!!!

  • Ruth Rogers-Wright commented on September 17, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Torture for entertainment is not a sign of manhood but a spectacle of bloodlust, which could be better redirected into expressing positive anger and action for real change in this cruel and suffering humanity.

    • sue H-M commented on July 14, 2014 at 9:40 am

      Very well said Ruth!
      Ive often wondered how “brave” these people would be if they were sent out to Afgahnistan, Gaza or Ukraine to fight or if they had to join the forces in WW1 and WW2.

      I dont think so somehow!

  • ana commented on September 18, 2013 at 1:13 am

    i hate beeing spanish cause in my country our goberment allows give money an say yes to this murderes of the bullfighiting please help us stopping this NO TO THIS BULLS KILLERS!!!!

    • RAVEN commented on September 23, 2013 at 11:06 am


  • Ellen Moshenberg commented on September 18, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Some of Lonely Planet Guidebooks have bulls on the cover.

  • Molla Gloria commented on September 18, 2013 at 5:06 am

    Respeto al entorno y a la vida

  • Karima Alneameh commented on September 18, 2013 at 8:26 am

    No bullfighting

  • alessandra sala commented on September 18, 2013 at 9:54 am

    stop it!

  • ria commented on September 18, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Stop this horrible cruel and very very old fashioned so called sport , its vile the people that go have the choice to do so but the bulls dnt get a choice and its disgusting, would u like to be chased around and stabbed to death errm am sure not!!! so y is it acceptable to do it to another living feeling breathing thing? its not and never will be stop it now n become good people and stop murdering!!!!!

  • sherie commented on September 18, 2013 at 10:37 am

    please join the 20th century ..these sports are not only bloody cruel but also old hat !!!

  • Michele Hodge commented on September 18, 2013 at 10:56 am

    They should stop this barbaric sport, its not entertainment, its murder, no Excuse !!

    • sancho ramírez commented on November 17, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      Michele, You are right. We should stop it. It can not be a entertainment. I am avoiding this festivals from last few years. We should stop it as soon as possible.

    • san fermín commented on December 13, 2013 at 2:45 am

      It will not be easy to stop this barbaric sport. Because it is a traditional festival of Spain.

  • Núria commented on September 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I’m from Barcelona. Thank you everyone.

  • Ana commented on September 18, 2013 at 1:21 pm


  • anabela commented on September 18, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    May I suggest that you do the same with Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet who still allow promotion to bullfights both in Spain and Portugal.
    Most of the hotels and tourist boards in the Algarve promote bullfights although we are trying so hard to stop it. All because they (bullfightin organizers) are sponsered by European funds!!!!

  • Gay lawson commented on September 18, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Now the next step is to stop this horrible barbaric sport.

  • carmen commented on September 19, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Hello, im from spain and im fight for the abolition of all animal abuse.help us!! Please your voises in ue are very important for us.

  • Neusa commented on September 19, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Chega dessa barbárie !

  • jeanine commented on October 27, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Non aux maltraitances , mutilations , tueries de quelques sorte que se soit , laissons les animaux en paix !

  • Soria commented on November 3, 2013 at 4:16 am

    Bullfighting is very dangerous festival. Spanish people celebrate this festival in honour of the San Fermin. But now 72 per cent of Spaniards are just not interested in watching sadists killing bulls so I think it is falling down its popularity. But I think it will never end because it is a tradition of Spanish.

  • Barry Dowe commented on August 6, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Not only should the unfair so-called ‘fighting’ in the Bull Ring be stopped, lets face it the Bulls never win, but the terrifying of the Bulls in the so-called fun runs where they end up being brutally massacred should be stopped as well. Terrifying and killing animals for fun is in the past and should stay there.

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